As principal members of Early Learning PA, Trying Together participates in three campaigns with strategic advocacy goals: Pre-K for PA The Pre-K for PA campaign aims to ensure that every child in Pennsylvania, regardless of socioeconomic background, enters kindergarten ready to succeed. A founding member in 2014, Trying Together knows that children with access to high quality pre-k are more likely to be successful academically and have improved social skills. Despite these findings, fewer than forty percent of income-eligible three- and four-year olds are able to access publicly funded, high-quality programs. Advocate together with us and our partners for high-quality pre-k for all young children in Pennsylvania: Sign-up as an individual supporter of the Pre-K for PA campaign and note that you were referred by Trying Together. Sign up your organization as a supporter of the Pre-K for PA campaign and note that you were referred by Trying Together. Like Pre-K for PA on Facebook or follow @PreK4PA on Twitter. Pre-k funding for the 2018-2019 Pennsylvania state budget is currently $192.3M for Pre-K Counts and $59.2M for Head Start Supplemental. View the full budget history here. Childhood Begins At Home Home visiting programs meet the comprehensive needs of at-risk infants, toddlers, young children, and their families through voluntary, evidence-based home visiting. Several of these operate in Pennsylvania including: Early Head Start Family Check-Up Healthy Families America Nurse Family Partnership Parents as Teachers Evidence-based home visiting in Pennsylvania is funded across two line items. While Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) funds go exclusively to that model, approximately $9.5 million became available in the Community Based Family Centers line in 2017 for all evidence-based models to apply for in order to expand home visiting services. Trying Together joined the Early Learning PA home visiting workgroup in the summer of 2016 following the enactment of the ’16-’17 budget. In 2018, the workgroup launched the Childhood Begins at Home campaign comprised of a coalition of advocates working to help policymakers and the public understand the value of evidence-based home visiting and effective ways to support parents. Advocate together with us and our partners for evidence-based home visiting for more children and families in Pennsylvania: Sign up your organization as a supporter of the Childhood Begins At Home campaign. Like Childhood Begins At Home on Facebook or follow @ChildBegin_Home on Twitter. Home visiting funding for the 2018-2019 Pennsylvania state budget is currently $13.2M for NFP and $13.6M for Community Based Family Centers. View the full budget history here. Start Strong PA Access, affordability, and quality of child care remain critical to the needs of children, families, and communities regionally and across the nation. In Pennsylvania, the Child Care Services line item provides subsidized child care for low income working families; the Child Care Assistance line item provides child care to families receiving TANF; and a portion of the funds are set aside to support Keystone STARS quality improvements for child care programs. In summer 2015, Trying Together convened an Early Learning PA child care workgroup. In 2019, the workgroup formally launched the Start Strong PA campaign. Through this campaign, advocates work to improve access to high-quality child care (beginning with infants and toddlers) by asking for strategic policy changes and investment increases in Pennsylvania. Advocate together with us and our partners for high-quality child care for all infants and toddlers in Pennsylvania: Sign-up as an individual or organizational supporter of the Start Strong PA campaign. Like Start Strong PA on Facebook or follow @StartStrongPA on Twitter. Take action on the latest Start Strong PA policy ask. View and use the Start Strong PA resources for policymakers, early childhood education professionals, and families. Share your child care story in a video with Start Strong PA. Child care funding for the 2018-2019 Pennsylvania state budget is currently $162.5M for Child Care Services and $139.9M for Child Care Assistance. View the full budget history here.